This book, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, is a first-hand account of the Mount Everest Disaster in March of 1996. Outside magazine sent Krakauer, a journalist, to the mountain to chronicle his ascent. As he climbs the book gets more and more ominous, and by the end of the summit day 8 climbers are dead. Factors leading to the tragedy are explained, his survivors guilt is addressed, and the whole book is haunting and nerve-racking. Even though what was to happen on the mountain was already known, throughout the book I found myself hoping for a different outcome. A good read, but very sad.